Pt. Angeles based cutter quarantined after drug bust

Port Angeles, Wash.-based Coast Guard Cutter Active (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)

A cocaine bust at sea turns into quarantine for the entire crew of the Port Angeles, WA ported U.S. Coast Guard cutter Active after nabbing three drug smugglers in open waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

According to USCG officials, the crew is quarantined on board the vessel in San Diego after they captured three suspected cocaine smugglers at sea who were infected with coronavirus.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier said the crew of the Active was on a counter-narcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific off Central America on May 12 when they apprehended a boat at sea loaded with over 2,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $37 million.

The cocaine was confiscated and three suspected smugglers on the boat were brought on board the Active.

One of the three detainees had mild illness symptoms, including a fever and sore throat, so he was treated by the cutter's doctor. All three suspects were then isolated on board the cutter in case they were infected with coronavirus, Strohmaier said.

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